Kirsten's Corner

14K Gold Carved Victorian Coral Gargoyle Face Ring

$1,650.00

Reminiscent of a Heironyus Bosch painting, this gargoyle face gives new meaning to the phrase “bite your tongue.” This is an intriguing ring—hand carved from a piece of natural coral, the expression on the gargoyle’s face is both surreal and powerful. The gargoyle’s tongue curls up into his mouth, tendrils of hair frame his face, and a stoic gaze is captured in his eyes. The cheerful color of the coral seems to contradict the darkness of the piece—creating complexity that is hard to look away from. Even the ring’s setting adds an element of Frankenstein: beyond its functionality, it looks like stitching and gives a tortured aspect to the gargoyle’s face. Historically, gargoyles decorated churches in order to scare off evil spirits. This ring could be worn as a symbol of protection and strength. 

We don’t know the exact history of the coral element, or when it was added to the 14k gold ring shank. The natural coral is most likely Sardinian, and the gargoyle carving, though fashioned after the medieval gargoyles of Dante’s Inferno, was made in the Victorian era. The stitching and shank of the ring band lead us to believe it was added to the coral element during the Victorian era as well, if not original to the piece. 

The ring weighs 13 grams. The gargoyle face is approximately 7/8” x 1” x 1/2”, and the total height of the ring is approximately 1 1/4” inch. 

Ring size 8. 

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01/17/2022
Wendy B.
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Gargoyle coral ring

Experience always great with Kirsten’s Corner. This is an awesome and unique piece. Best to buy directly from ths dealer!